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Al Qaeda group says it bombed Iraqi bank

Associated Press / June 24, 2010

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BAGHDAD — An Al Qaeda front group claimed responsibility yesterday for bombing a state-run investment bank, gloating over its ease in penetrating security in an attack that killed at least 18 people.

The attack Sunday on the Trade Bank of Iraq was meant to expose the weakness of the country’s stalled government, according to a statement posted on the website of the Islamic State of Iraq. The statement called the bank a “stronghold of evil’’ because it was established to attract foreign investment.

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